Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 download links for re-released version 1809 October 2018 Update

Posted by Paul Braren on Nov 20 2018 (updated on Nov 29 2018) in
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    Yesterday morning, I noticed that the elusive new ISOs hadn't arrived on Visual Studio Downloads (formerly known as MSDN) yet, ever since they were pulled away over 6 weeks ago:


    But the re-release news had begun back on Tuesday, November 13. So yesterday I checked again, tada, the ISOs had become available on Visual Studio for all current subscribers, right around noon on Monday November 19. See also my tweet. Yes, this 1809 (09 for month of September, 18 for year of 2018) re-release is said to incorporate the fixes for both the missing files/folders and ZIP bugs resolved. Interesting to note that we never really heard if these issues affected the pulled Server 2019 release. Also interesting they didn't just rename the whole thing to version 1810, which sure would make downloaded ISO filenames much more self-evident. Don't forget to delete any of those old ISOs you may have downloaded last month!

    Here's one of many free ways to do a full system back up before upgrading, just-in-case. You can read all about why I'm very glad I backed up last month, prior to installing the first 1809 release.

    See also the frequently updated tables of excellent information at:

    • Windows 10 update history
      Nov 13 2018

      On November 13, 2018, we will begin the re-release of the Windows 10 October Update (version 1809), Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server, version 1809. We encourage you to wait until the feature update is offered to your device automatically.

    Microsoft Windows Update

    Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019

    1. Back up your entire system first.
    2. Click on Start, type Check for updates and hit enter, the Windows Update dialogue should come up.
    3. As of Nov 20 2018, seeking an update this way has not resulted in an offer of version 1809, but I would imagine Microsoft may be exercising a bit of extra caution this time around, for good reason.

    Microsoft Windows Download

    Windows 10 only


      This offers you the Update Assistant and Create Windows 10 installation media methods, including the direct link to download the wizard-based MediaCreationTool1809.exe. Works very nicely for anybody doing lab testing or Golden Master template VM creation, with no subscription or log in required.

    Microsoft Windows Evaluation Center

    Windows 10

    Windows Server 2019

    Once status changes, I plan to update this article accordingly.

    Microsoft Visual Studio Downloads

    Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019


    For current subscribers only. For me, I've listed the particular ISOs I was seeking for my virtualization lab in my home for testing, the x86 English versions of the ISOs:

    If you're a Visual Studio subscriber, you can now get your downloads going by searching for Windows 10 1809 and/or Windows Server 2019 1809 at:

    1. Windows 10 (business edition), version 1809 (Updated Sept 2018) (x64) - DVD (English)

    2. Windows 10 (consumer edition), version 1809 (Updated Sept 2018) (x64) - DVD (English)

    3. Window Server 2019

    4. Windows Server 2019 Essentials

    Thank you Microsoft, and Happy Thanksgiving!

    Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC)

    Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019

    I don't have access to verify this myself, but this Windows 10 tweet by @TomodWolf and this Windows Server 2019 tweet by @x233t mention availability (again) on VLSC in mid-November. See also Microsoft's Windows 10, version 1809 rollout resumes; now available on VLSC, which requires login to view.


    Nov 26 2018 Update

    Microsoft's Windows 10 update history article added above.

    Nov 29 2018 Update

    VLSC section added above.

    Reference Screenshots

    For archival reasons, I figured it might be helpful to grab some more screenshots I took when preparing this article for it's publication on Nov 20 2018.

    Pulling down both ISOs at once, I was able to get around 200Mbps average download speeds from my Cox Communications Gigablast ~900Mbps internet connection, taking only about 7 minutes to pull down 9.4GB data. Nice!

    Looks like EdgeCast Networks is the CDN serving up those Visual Studio bits to me here in 06109 in Connecticut today. Above, you'll see my Resource Manager screenshot showing the server IP, details how over here.

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